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Complete Guide to the Traktor Remix Decks

Impress your fans by taking complete control of the Remix Decks in Traktor Pro DJ Software.
Instructor:
Alan Churchill
343 students enrolled
Integrate the Remix Decks into your DJ worklow
Perform exciting routines with the Remix Decks
Create unique Remix Sets of your own to share with others
Utilize every function of the Remix Decks, even the hidden ones.
Play the Remix Decks like an instrument using just your keyboard.

Learn your way around the Traktor remix decks so you can create amazing and unique DJ mixes to impress your fans and take your DJ career to the next level.

Master the Remix Decks with Ease by following this Comprehensive and Direct Video Course.

  • Master the Basics of the Remix Decks
  • Discover the Hidden Features
  • Create your very own unique remix sets
  • Find alternative ways to creatively integrate the remix decks in your DJ Sets
  • Recognize the full potential of Traktor software
  • Peel away the layers of confusion with ease & take control of the software

Understanding the Remix Decks Sets you apart from many other DJ's

Traktor is a very popular DJ software and is used by many professionals, knowing how to use it to it's fullest potential will give you an edge over many other DJ's. Even with the recent introduction of 'Stem Decks' (a simpler form of the remix deck) the remix decks remain, which proves they are an important and useful part of the Traktor software. The remix decks are a little more complex than the stem decks, therefore offering you much more control and scope for being creative. By understanding the full potential of the remix decks you will develop your own unique sound, taking the next step towards blending the two disciplines of DJ'ing and music production.

Content and Overview

This course is designed for those who have some experience using Traktor, but not yet ventured into, or fully grasped, the Remix Decks.

The course is broken down into 6 sections.

  1. Intro and Setup
  2. Functions of the Remix Decks (Part 1)
  3. Functions of the Remix Decks (Part 2)
  4. Creation
  5. Live Uses
  6. Bonus Material

Sections 2, 3 & 4, end with a quiz to aid in your learning. Throughout the 75 videos (approximately 3 hours 20 mins) you will learn all the functions of the remix decks. Once you have mastered these functions, you will piece together these skills to create a remix set of your own.

You will be shown, step-by-step, how to build a remix set from scratch, with the option of downloading the demo remix set so you can follow along and develop your skills as you go.

You will be given a number of suggestions for how you can integrate the remix decks into your performance and additional bonus material to take you a little deeper into accessing your own creative talents.

By completing the course, you will become a master of the remix decks enabling you to bring a level of individuality and creativity to your DJ sets. By fully understanding the software it frees you up to focus on the important part of DJ'ing; the Music. By embracing the Remix Decks and completing this course, your DJ sets will never be the same again.

Intoduction & Set up

1
Introduction
2
Course Breakdown

Let me explain how the course is divided into sections and what you ca expect from each.

3
Equipment Needed

What will you need for the course and what I will be using?

4
Benefits of Internal Mixing

A brief look at the differences between internal and external mixing, and why it matters.

5
But I don't have a Controller

Don't worry if you don't have a midi controller, theres a lot you can do without one, let me show you.

6
Introduction to Keyboard Control

Here's an introduction for those wishing to use the keyboard to control the remix decks.

7
Kontrol S8
8
Download a Demo Remix Set

How and where to download free remix sets.

9
Loading in a Trak Pak (Remix Set)

How to import a remix set into Traktor.

Functions of the Remix Decks

1
Decks

Setting up the Decks and Layout to work best for you.

2
Deck Header

In this section I will explain the deck header section and what is displayed and how you can change it.

3
Browsing

Discover different ways to browse and load remix sets and individual cells

4
Quantize Demo

In this tutorial I will explain what the quantize function is in relation to the remix decks and how you can adjust this on the fly.

5
Play Types using the keyboard

Discover the different cell play types and how to change them using just your mouse, including stopping cell playback by using just the keyboard.

6
Launch/Stop

Here I will show you how easy it is to Launch and Stop the Remix Deck Cells.

7
Loops and One Shots

Overview of play, trigger, sync with a detailed look at 'Play' settings.

8
Trigger - Latch and Gate

An indepth look at the 'Trigger' Settings - Latch & Gate Explained

9
Play Types - Sync

Understand if your cells are synced or not - This could prevent some awful sounding sounds.

10
Play Types - Reverse

CDJ's have a reverse function - well now so does your Traktor Set up.

11
Column Parameters - Volume

Each column or (slot) has an individual volume adjust - Let me show you the different ways you can change this.

12
Column Parameters - Filter

Using the filters can be a great way to mix between cells - see how you can adjust the filter.

13
Column Parameters - Key Lock

The Key lock can cause the biggest headache if it's not understood properly - let me help you.

14
Column Parameters - Effects

Layering Effects can be the highlight of the remix decks - I will show you how.

15
Column Parameters - Monitor

How to use the monitor function for each column of the remix deck.

16
Column Parameters - Punch

Punch mode might appear complicated, but here I will explain just how simple and effective it is.

17
Functions Quiz Part 1

The Function section is rather large, so I have broken it down into two sections so that you may learn in the best way possible.

Let's test your knowledge on how to browse, play and interact with the Remix Deck Cells.

Functions of the Remix Decks (Pt 2)

1
Edit Cells - Pitch

The pitch of the cells can be changed using the mouse OR the kontrol F1.

2
Edit Cells - Colours
3
Edit Cells - Cut/Copy

Colour coding the cells can really help you organize your remix Decks - You don't need the F1 to do this.

4
Edit Cells - Size
  • You can adjust the size of the cell, which basically shortens or increases the loop length.
  • You can not adjust the slot size using the default keyboard mapping. If you don't own a Kontrol F1 or S8, then you would need to create a special mapping for either the keyboard or your own midi controller.
  • To see how you can map a key to conduct this operation head to the bonus module.
5
Edit Cells - Offset and Nudge

Sometimes it's necessary to adjust the launch point of a cell. This helps you set up your cells to create great sounding effects and rolls, especially with vocals.

6
Edit Cells - Speed

The playback speed of the sample can be doubled or halved - this might come in handy with vocal samples or breakbeat that you want to change to drum and bass, or vice versa.

7
Edit Cells - Delete

After completing this lesson you will know how to delete the following:

  • Individual Cells
  • Whole Pages of a set
  • Entire Sets

The quickest way to clear an entire remix set without a controller is to change the deck to a 'track deck' and then back to a 'remix deck' using the drop down located in the large letter denoting the deck (A,B,C, or D).

8
Transport

Learn how the Remix Deck interacts with the other decks in Traktor.

9
Transport - Loop

Learn how to loop the entire remix deck.

10
Preferences - Deck Layout
11
Preferences - Behaviour
12
Preferences - Saving
13
Preferences - Transport
14
Preferences - F1
15
Functions part 2

Confirm what you have learned about editing the cells and preferences.

Creation

1
Remix Set Demo

Watch the Demo Remix Set in Action and download a copy of the set from the resources.

2
Walk Through of Creating the Remix Set

Here you can examine the remix set in more depth as I show you how I created it.

3
Capturing Loops

Following this lesson you will know a couple of different ways to capture loops from the track decks.

4
Capturing the Key

Sometimes people get confused with the different 'keys' you experience after capturing a sample - you will learn why in this lesson.

5
Why Use the Loop Recorder

Discover the benefits to using the loop recorder.

6
Using the Loop Recorder

After completing this lesson, you will know how to use the loop recorder to capture samples with effects already applied.

7
Overdub

Layered loops can add even more textures and creativity to your samples, learn how to do this with overdub and the loop recorder.

8
Capturing External Samples

See how you can capture samples from an external source to use in your remix decks.

9
Loop Recorder Latency

Here you will learn how to adjust the loop latency.

10
Saving the Set (non-autosave)

If you are not using the auto-save function, then there are other ways you can save the remix set.

11
Renaming Cells

See how simple it is to rename individual cells inside the remix deck.

12
Beat-matching Cells

Maybe you have captured a sample incorrectly, or it needs some fine tuning. In this lesson see how you can use the nudge function to 'beatmatch' cells inside the remix deck.

13
Gate Override - Performance Mode

Performing with the F1 is a great deal of fun, for this we use the Gate Override function. Learn how to 'play' the remix decks.

14
Using the Keyboard to Capture and Play

If you don't have a kontrol F1 yet, no problem, here I show you how to use the keyboard to capture and play samples.

15
Using the Keyboard to Control the Loop Recorder

You can also use the keyboard to control the loop recorder.

16
Pre-planned Sets Vs. On-the-Fly

See my recommendations and advice on using pre-planned remix sets versus creating sets on the fly.

17
Creation Quiz

Fine tune your knowledge for creating your own remix decks and see how well you have absorbed the information.

Live Uses

1
Overview
2
Mashups
3
Fills and Builds
4
Fills and Builds - Demo
5
Vocals
6
Vocals and Key
7
Vocals and Effects
8
Jingles or Radio Drop
9
Continuity
10
Pre-Planned Sets
11
Teasing in Tracks

Bonus Videos

1
Record a Radio Drop or Jingle using Quicktime
2
Record Radio Drop or Jingle using Audacity
3
Harmonic Remix Sets
4
Using only a 2 Channel Audio Mixer
5
Export a Remix Set
6
'Slot Size Adjust' - Mapping Intro
7
Detailed Look at Internal Vs External
8
Keyboard Demo
9
Final Word
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